This weekend Lauren and I were up at Whistler enjoying sunny skies and residual conditions from a record snowfall. After the morning runs, we headed to the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler mountain. But rather than face the usual ski-lunch frustrations of jockeying for a table and scrutinizing the marginal pickings in the cafeteria, I followed a tip from my friend Stefan. It turns out that both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains have a sit-down restaurant co-located with the main self-serve venues. And as Stefan says, “it’s nice getting served during your lunch break.”
We walked into Steep’s Grill at 6030′ and immediately were seated at a table with a gorgeous view of the mountains (most of the restaurant has amazing views). We had the salmon chowder which, while not earth-shattering, had a good ratio of salmon to potatoes with a hint of lemon.
We also indulged in some comfort food. The macaroni and cheese at Steeps was impressive. Classic elbow macaroni with gruyere, white chedder, parmesan, and baked Okanagan apples. The apples were a nice touch. The next time we make mac & cheese at home I’m going to add some carmelized apples.
The next day we were on Blackcomb and lunched at Christine’s, which is their sit-down restaurant at the Rendezvous. I guess I have a thing for soup when I snowboard: we ordered their wild mushroom soup, and some grilled salmon (for the protein). The mushrooms were better than the salmon chowder, though less photogenic. The salmon hit the spot, and was pretty good for 5000′ up 🙂
Overall, I highly recommend spending a few extra C$$s and indulging in the more relaxed atmosphere and better food offered at Steep’s Grill and Christine’s.
Steep’s Grill at 6030′